KASHISH 2017 – QDrishti Film Grant

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QDrishti Film Grant
It’s an artistic grant to support and promote independent filmmakers based in India making LGBTQ themed films. Filmmakers of short narrative or documentary films that are completed after January 1, 2016 and have an aesthetic vision are eligible for nomination and the winner will be chosen by KASHISH 2017 Jury panel who will consider not only merit of the film, but also the vision of the filmmaker. The grant carries a Rs. 1,00,000 grant sponsored by Lotus Visual to make the filmmaker’s next LGBTQ film, mentored by KASHISH Advisory Board. The film made under this grant enjoys a guaranteed submission in next year’s KASHISH.

33mins /2016 / India / Bengali with EST
Director: Arjun Dutta


Story of a beautiful bonding between two matured women which is beyond physical and emotional dependence. With the inner transformation of these two characters, the five elements- Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (sky) – silently blend into their lives resulting in blooming of “The 6th Element” that depicts love, companionship, friendship and above all liberation.

THE CLARINETS (Shehenaiiya)
23mins /2017 / India / Bengali with EST
Director: Debadrita Bose


A young man from the suburbs comes to the city for some shopping. He misses the last train to home and roams about. Suddenly he meets another man, who offers refuge for the night.

THE FISH CURRY (Maacher Jhol)
12mins / 2017 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Abhishek Verma


A young man, Lalit, 28, decides to come out to his parents about his own sexuality and his love engagement with his boyfriend cum flatmate, Ashutosh. He plans to cook exotic Bengal style fish curry, maacher jhol. The dish is his father’s favourite. To maintain precision about the process and ingredients, he refers to the radio cook show.

15mins / 2017 / India / No Dialogues
Director: Faraz Arif Ansari


Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.

30mins /2016 / India / Malayalam with EST
Director: Rajesh James


The film is about the journey undertaken by a diverse group of people comprising males, females and transgenders across South India in a truck. The film seeks to explore many compelling thoughts on life, love, and gender. The film hopes for a society where none have to crush their desires because the majority does not understand it…

13.15 min / 2017 / India / Hindi with EST
Director: Vishal Srivastava


Wajood (Selfhood) revolves around a young hijra’s(trans-woman) life, who seems to fancy herself with an auto-rickshaw driver. When confronted by the elders of her community about her unrealistic expectations goes on a subconscious quest to know if somebody will ever fall in love with her or is this thought as naive as told by everyone around her?

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